With time, people have begun to forget how comics have traveled from being “nerd literature” to the forefront of global consumption. Ever since James Gunn and Peter Safran were sworn in as the new co-CEOs and co-Chairmen of DC Studios, the leading promise on their front was the presentation of DC’s long-term plans.
These manuscripts would go on to be the foundation upon which a better universe was created. Stability, decorum, longevity, and endurance would be some of the qualities of this brand-new DCU. But all of it, including the blueprints of this plan, is yet to be presented by Gunn as the fan clamoring increases by the second. Now it looks like Rep. Robert Garcia has had it with all the failed promises as well.
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Rep. Robert Garcia Holds James Gunn Accountable For DC
James Gunn’s promise to present the DC Universe Bible to the world has an expiry date of January 31st and the CEO of the newly-formed DC Studios doesn’t look prepared to deliver. As for the Peruvian-American politician, Robert Garcia, the former Mayor of Long Beach, one of the only two Hispanic LGBT members of the Congress, and a devoted comic book enthusiast, time is an essential commodity. And he made that clear when he tweeted about Gunn running out of time on Jan. 30:
If @JamesGunn doesn’t present the new DCU plan by February 1st, I’m calling him in for a congressional hearing where I will ask the tough questions everyone wants to know.
— Robert Garcia (@RobertGarcia) January 29, 2023
Of course, all of it is in good jest, but when it comes to comics, Garcia is rarely ever nonchalant about the literary genre. He had famously chosen an original issue of Superman #1 from the Library of Congress while being sworn in, as Article VI, Clause 3 of the Constitution states that officials and executives are bound to the text by “by oath or affirmation… But, no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” A fan then drew perceptive comparisons between the California Representative and his chosen copy of the comic saying, “Sworn in with the ultimate immigrant that reps the best of what we can all be as people…awesome.”
As for James Gunn, the plans in question will not only be decisive of what comes next in DC’s chapter but also set the narrative for the coming 3 to 4 years which will lay the groundwork on which the entirety of DC’s future will stand.
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Where Does James Gunn’s New DCU Stand?
As 2023’s Month 1 comes to a sturdy close, James Gunn’s DCU finds itself under increasing scrutiny, as the entirety of the world locks its transfixed gaze on the Warner Bros. property for some answers. The formative plans for the new cinematic universe had been under development since last November when, under the authority of WBD CEO David Zaslav, Gunn began to work on the rebooted franchise to make it sustainable for the long run.
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In the past few months, the only substantial input regarding the progress of DCU has been in the form of a new Superman announcement. On 14th December 2022, James Gunn announced via Twitter that he is penning a new Superman movie that will radically differ from what the fandom grew accustomed to in the past decade. This new script focuses on a younger version of the superhero, while he is still in his formative stage as a reporter on the Daily Planet and simultaneously fighting crime in Metropolis. The version will stand as a perfect contemporary to Matt Reeves’ Batman and if Gunn ever thinks it fit, could very well unite the two narratives in the coming years as the two superheroes grow in parallel into their full potential.
With Henry Cavill and The Rock now removed from the DCU mainframe, all loose ends have now been cut off. Be it the volatile SnyderVerse or the fledgling Black Adam, the canvas has been wiped clean, readied, and prepared for weeks now – devoid of all potential roadblocks for Gunn’s plans now. The only aspect missing is the actual DCU narrative, which needs to be presented at the earliest in order for production to start as soon as possible.
Source: Twitter | Robert Garcia